Vicarage Road, Monday 12.30pm
Crystal Palace midfielder Mathieu Flamini hopes to have recovered from his groin injury to play. Steve Mandanda (knee), on-loan striker Loic Remy (calf), defender James Tomkins and Bakary Sako (both groin) are all out.
Watford's Sebastian Prodl (dead leg) and Stefano Okaka (hamstring) face fitness tests. Defender Craig Cathcart (groin) is still missing.
Watford: Gomes, Zuniga, Cathcart, Britos, Prodl, Holebas, Capoue, Behrami, Kaboul, Guedioura, Deeney, Amrabat, Okaka, Pantilimon, Watson, Janmaat, Kabasele, Ighalo, Sinclair, Success.
Palace: Hennessey, Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly, Fryers, Lee, Ledley, Phillips, Winter, Husin, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Cabaye, Mutch, Puncheon, Benteke, Campbell, Flamini.
“First and foremost let’s stop losing. Let’s start getting results and if that grows the confidence then turns into wins.
“Then we can turn it around and get on a run of undefeated games, instead of winning the odd one and then lose again. That’s the object here — to try to find the basis of consistency that brings us some results.
“We’ve got the important job of stopping the goals going in first, to be perfectly honest with you.
“The attacking players when we are in possession, are fantastic because this season the strengthening in that area by the club and by Alan has brought a lot of flair to the team.
“That has brought quite a few more goals than they might have scored last season. But the other side of it is that when we are not in possession we have got to stop conceding goals and make sure those goals we score win us games.
"We cannot know if it will help us. There could be some changes, but it could also be a disadvantage for us.
"When this happens I am not happy because, at the end of the day, managers are colleagues, but this is football and it's only the managers who pay the final price.
"I don't know what the dynamics at Crystal Palace are so I can't judge, but I am not happy about this. I didn't expect it, for sure.
"It's points that count, but when I watched Palace play, they played good football and they have very good players."
|Date||Type||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|24/04/2016||FA Cup||Crystal Palace||2 - 1||Watford|
|13/02/2016||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 2||Watford|
|27/09/2015||League||Watford||0 - 1||Crystal Palace|
|27/05/2013||League||Crystal Palace||1 - 0||Watford|
|08/02/2013||League||Watford||2 - 2||Crystal Palace|
Watford 1-1 Palace
Monday December 26 2016
Watford: Gomes, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Behrami (Deeney, 14), Guedioura, Janmaat (Zuniga, 4 (Sinclair, 85)), Holebas, Ighalo, Amrabat, Capoue
Subs not used: Doucoure, Cathcart, Kabasele, Pantilimon
Goals: Deeney (pen 71)
Bookings: Britos, Holebas
Palace: Hennessey, Delaney, Dann, Kelly, Ward, Puncheon, Townsend (Mutch, 74), Cabaye, Zaha, Flamini (Campbell, 81), Benteke
Subs not used: Fryers, Husin, Lee, Wan-Bissaka, Speroni
Goals: Cabaye (26)
Bookings: Delaney, Puncheon, Zaha, Benteke
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